Monday, January 25, 2010

Tim the Tool man or Red Green??

Tim the Toolman/Red Green?

Somedays I have to check my marriage licence to see if I really married Dave or if I married Tim the Tool Man or Red Green? (Red Green is Canada's answer to Tim the tool man, only actually funnier if that's possible)

If you've been following my post at all since I started you've noticed that my hubby is a bit handy around the house and farm. And...if he can't do it, he'll figure out how to do it with sometimes hilarious results (case in dated Aug 19 Another Hot Day). It just amazes me how one person can have such an imagination or different ideas in one brain. Really he should have been a scientist or something. I think his talents are going to waste on the propane truck. I mean many men do you know will build a barn from scrap wood, no design (except in his head), nothing... and that is not a carpenter and it will actually exceed building codes!

We were at a friend's house Saturday night and our friend was having problems with something in his minkpens (they're mink ranchers). Well Dave just started rattling off different ways to fix the problem. From just using duct tape (Red Green special) to having someone come in and fix it by doing this, and turning this around, and splitting something etc... I could just see Dave's brain working a mile a minute. I could also see our friend's brain just bog down with information overload!

But living with Red Green/Tim the tool man can also be costly. Thank goodness I work at a hardware and building supply store. I get a half decent discount on some things. Because on the mornings he's off I dread to hear "Honey darling, can you bring me....." I think "oh no, not again...what is he building today?"

In the long run I think it's cheaper living with Red Green since he saves hundreds of dollars every year in electrical, plumbing, heating, car, tractor, snowblower and electronic repairs.

J. checking out the young pigs newest pad.

His latest feat was rewiring the barn. The pigs didn't have enough light or so he thought. Well at least he also added a light bulb at my milking stand. Right at butt height! This way I don't need a flashlight to shine at the goat's butt to see if she's in heat or not. It also lights up well to trim the hooves.
My new lightbulb!

Like Red Green would say "If the women don't find ya handsome, they can at least find you handy!" (mind ya, I find my own Red Green handsome AND handy!)
Charlotte and Wilbur looking cute.

Well I have finally decided what to do with my goats and should I, or shouldn't I buy the other goat.

I'm going to stick to my original plan of just breeding Alpines. I didn't buy the other one I was that I was hemming and hawwing about. I didn't have to room at the moment and it wasn't in my original plans. Raising a purebred goat is just as easy as raising a non-purebred goat, yet I find it's easier to sell them and you can get alot more money for them. Then you can also find out if their mothers, grandmothers etc... were good milkers, temperment etc...

I'm also not going to switch to Nubians. This is just from my personal experience and from a few others that have raised both, Nubians are cute as a button and very friendly, but very, very stubborn and are one of the hardest goat breeds to tell if they are in heat.


I have been lifting Whisper on the milking stand now for 2 weeks so if I ever breed her and want to milk her, she'll know what to do. Well she still doesn't have a clue. The other Nubian I had was the same way. It took FOREVER for her to get the idea of getting on a milking stand. So every day I have to lift Whisper who is now 78lbs on the milking stand (Dave is usually not around when I do this or he'd do it himself). No wonder my back has gone kerflewy!!! I don't know....Maybe it's just I pick the wrong Nubians. But I'll stick to Alpines like I had originally planned. We will be keeping Whisper as a pet though. I still can't figure out if she's in heat or not. A friend of mine is getting a buck in the summer and she said when the time comes I can let Whisper stay at her house for a month.

Saturday Dave and J. came and picked me up at work. They had a trailer load full of bags of shavings from the coffin plant. They bag them or box them for us. It's so nice of them. It took us a while to find a place to store them in the barn. It's kinda full with hay and some of Dave's gadgets. But we finally found a place to store all of it. It had to be done by Sunday since it was giving rain for today.

Sunday was a beautiful day. Wow! We haven't had such nice weather in a while. J. and I put the goats out in the pasture. He had to dig the door out first. Then we walked around the property just to see how much snow we've had. It's really beautiful...but it can go for a little while now. I've seen it enough for a few weeks anyway.
Our backyard looking from the forest behind our house.

I cannot believe it!!!! I might have convinced Dave to let me have bee hives!!! I don't like cooking with sugar because it's so unhealthy and the price is going to skyrocket (or so I've been told) but it's so expensive to buy honey. Soooooo....why not raise your own? I have to find someone who does it around here so he can show me the ropes first. This is not something to get into lightly. I mean, when it comes time to harvest the honey I might be petrified. So I want to go through the motions first. It would also help with the gardens around here. I have noticed in the last few years, how so few bees there are. This is not good!

Well I guess that's enough for tonight.

Have a Blessed Evening


  1. Hummmm....... I think I posted but I'm not sure.

  2. Lisa, sometimes sticking with our original plans are a good thing! I know I have deviated a few times and I always seem to come back to the original, well sometimes... I am getting excited to try and raise some MiniNubians though... it will be a trail for sure and in the end I may just end up with Nigerians - but right now the challenge is exciting!

    I LOVE the picture of your back yard... postcard stuff!

  3. I love the Red/Green show!

    Nice tour of your animals and farm. I would be scared to harvest honey, all I would think about is getting stung. Although it would be great to have your own sweet stuff.

  4. Wow! You have been busy!

    My hubby is very similar to yours it sounds like.

    I've been thinking about doing some bee's also. Haven't gotten far in my investigation, but it's on my list.

  5. My hubby is the same...isn't it great to have handy husbands?

    The coffin plant? You get shavings from a coffin plant?

  6. Coffin plant, Why yes they have waste also...LOL
    Lisa can have Bees, but I will still have my can of RAID FOAM!



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